What Goes On
THE TRUCK STAGE
To our knowledge its Australia’s, and perhaps the world’s, only stage set on the back of a working truck. Pull up a bail, or kick off your shoes for a jig, and take in some of our country’s best home-grown music. We’ll lull you into the day with singer-songwriter and folk harmonies and take you through the eve with indie-rock, alternative-country, neo-soul and disco tunes.
THE BOWER STAGE
Set beneath the arms of Australian red gums, the smaller bower stage let’s you get intimate with the artists and your fellow wanderers. Don’t worry, there’s no line-up clashes!
Warm up your willies at the transcendent Chai Tent with hot drinks, artist and Happy Wanderer merch for sale, and a cosy yet close enough view of the truck stage. This is also our info hub and the place to come if you need first aid.
Meander through our teepees to learn from local traders and sample their unique wares. You won’t find anything here you’ve seen elsewhere.
There's lots to keep your mind wandering with yoga, acrobatics, dance, and craft workshops. Note that some workshops have a small fee ($20 or under) to cover material costs.
The Happy Wanderer is set on beautiful farmlands in Yin Barun and is home to what we think is some of the best camping around Victoria. Set-up by the river, the vines or red gums.
THE FAT CAT BAR
Get involved in our sustainably produced wine cultivated on the Happy Wanderer farm, local beers, and a collection of cocktails, at prices cheaper than the bottle-o. The Happy Wanderer is BYO (strictly no glass) but we sure try hard to entice you to leave your cans at home.
One more thing, The Fat Cat does not do cups so bring your own vessel or purchase a Happy Wanderer shearer's mug with your drink. Disposing of disposable cups is one way we're caring for the land and our future.
Food trucks will be on site dishing up delicious meals and coffee.
THE DUCK RACE
A somewhat slower and less equine version of its Melbourne equivalent, the Happy Wanderer duck race held on the Broken River has become a highlight of the festival’s programme. If you’re a betting man you can purchase a well-berthed rubber ducky (these seasoned professionals are recycled and return for the race each year) to compete for some sweet prizes.
Bring along your instrument/s and serenade your fellow wanderers.
We encourage you to be as self-sufficient as possible and help us minimise waste. Think rubbish bags, reusable water bottles and camping dishes. There’ll be places to fill your bottle and wash-up. And if you want to bring your own food to share with other wanderers, we encourage that too! Tip: condiments are always welcome.